Diploma in Accounting

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More than just a Diploma

APU's Diploma in Accounting is powered by FinTech. This programme comprise modules in Financial Technology (FinTech). Being the first university to offer undergraduate programmes related to FinTech in 2018, APU is the pioneer FinTech educator at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate levels in Malaysia.

This APU Diploma in Accounting is designed to provide:

  • Students with relevant knowledge and skills to follow a career in accounting, business or finance.
  • Students with intellectual, communications and team working skills.
  • Students with FinTech knowledge and technical skill relevant to accounting.
  • Students with opportunities for progression into studies at degree level in relevant areas.
  • Opportunities for students to pursue professional qualifications from professional accounting and financial bodies.

ACCA Accelerate Programme also available

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA)
This programme is accredited by ACCA with 3 papers exemption.

2 years (5 Semesters)

Malaysian Fees:
RM 45, 200.00

International Fees:
RM 50, 500.00

Total: Malaysian - RM 45,200 | International - RM 50,500

• 06 May 2024
• 04 Jul 2024
• 19 Sep 2024

APU Diploma

3 Credits in at least 3 subjects at SPM level including Mathematics, with a minimum of a pass in Bahasa Malaysia and Sejarah (History);

3 Credits (Grade C & above) in at least 3 subjects at IGCSE/O-LEVELS including Mathematics;

3 Credits (Grade B & above) in at least 3 subjects in UEC including Mathematics;

Pass relevant Certificate Programme or its equivalent;

A qualification that APU accepts as equivalent to the above.

*Pass in English is required at SPM/IGCSE/O-Level or equivalent.

Malaysian Students who do not possess a Pass in English at SPM/IGCSE/O-Level/UEC; will be required to sit for the APU English Placement Test, and based on the outcome of the test may be required to attend the APU Intensive English Programme (IEP) prior to commencement of the Foundation/Diploma/Certificate programme.


International Students

Programmes General Requirements
Diploma in Accounting

• IELTS : 5.5
• TOEFL IBT : 46
• Pearson (PTE) : 51
• MUET : Band 4

Please note that under Ministry of Higher Education regulations, only students who have achieved the minimum requirement in the English Language proficiency assessment as indicated above will be allowed to continue their studies in the main study programme. Students who do not have the required English Language achievement may apply for a student visa on conditional basis and are allowed to enrol in an English Language Certification programme at APU upon arrival in Malaysia and, subsequently, appear for the IELTS/TOEFL/PTE/MUET assessment.

Students who are unable to obtain the required level of English Competency during the maximum 12 months’ period, will not be allowed to pursue their studies in the main programme and will have to return to their home country.

Students from English speaking countries and those with qualifications taught in English (IGCSE, A-Levels, IB, American High School Diploma etc) are exempted from English requirements. Applications for exemption must be accompanied by supporting documents.

Note: The above entry requirements may differ for specific programmes based on the latest programme standards published by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).

The qualification and entry requirements for the programmes will be determined based on the "Comparison List of Equivalency of International Qualifications with SPM (O-Levels equivalent) and STPM (A-Levels equivalent)" published by Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).


In this semester, students will be equipped with basic IT skills as well as Design Thinking skills with Digital Innovation.Throughout the duration of the study, students will be exposed to various terminologies and basic concepts related to business managerial skills. These skills are imperative for a smooth transition into the following semester.

  • Digital Thinking and Innovation
  • Academic Research Skills
  • Managing Business
  • Practical IT Skills


The modules Professional Communications and Quantitative Methods are offered in this semester; to help further develop students’ knowledge and skills significantly with emphasis on aspects that are core to the study of accounting. Students are also exposed to information system in accounting where students will practice AIS applications for strategy and operational decision making.

  • Financial Accounting 1
  • Accounting Information System
  • Professional Communications
  • Quantitative Methods


This semester moves students from the basic accounting concepts and procedures to more advanced topics in financial accounting. There are also modules in related subjects such as Economics, Marketing and Business Statistics which will expand the knowledge and efficiency in solving problems and make decisions in different areas of business

  • Financial Accounting 2
  • Business Statistics
  • Marketing
  • Business Economics
  • Environmental Issues in Malaysia


The modules in this semester are aimed to expose students to the latest financial accounting and cost accounting concepts, techniques, trends; and issues in financial accounting and reporting. These modules are targeted to enhance the application skills of students in a higher level of accounting related areas. Students are also exposed to Financial Systems and Fintech and Fundamentals to Entrepreneurship.

  • Fundamental of Entrepreneurship
  • Business Law
  • Financial Systems and FinTech
  • Financial Accounting 3
  • Cost Accounting


The final semester allows students to progress into more advanced areas of Accounting and Taxation. Graduates experience a balance of accounting theory and practical applications with integrated computer technologies and are expected to be able to demonstrate cognitive and intellectual skills with techniques in business management, information technology, finance and accounting. Students will also be exposed to an understanding of Auditing concept; associated with elements such as the usage Big Data, Artificial Intelligence and Robo Auditing.

  • Basic Taxation
  • Principles of Audit and Technologies
  • Introduction to SAP ERP System in Accounting
  • Financial Accounting 4
  • Principles of Banking and Finance

*In addition to the above, all students are also required to successfully complete General Studies modules as stipulated by the Malaysian Qualification Agency, as well as fulfill credit requirements for Co-curricular activities.

Upon successful completion of this programme with CGPA of 2.5 & above and fulfilment of requirements for credit transfer, you will be eligible to progress into Level 2 of the following degree programmes offered at APU.

  • Bachelor of Accounting and Finance (Honours)
  • Bachelor of Accounting and Finance (Honours) with a specialism in:
    • Forensic Accounting
    • Forex and Investments
    • Accounting Technology
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business Management
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Business Management with a specialism in:
    • E-Business
    • Digital Leadership
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in International Business Management
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Marketing Management
  • Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Marketing Management with a specialism in Digital Marketing
  • BA (Hons) Human Resource Management
  • Bachelor in Banking and Finance (Hons)
  • Bachelor in Banking and Finance (Hons) with a specialism in:
    • Investment Analytics
    • Financial Technology

- For the full listing of our Diploma Programmes, please refer to the Pre-University programme brochure.

APU-DMU Dual Degree Programme

Students who are under Bachelor’s Degree Programme will have the option to opt-in for the APU-DMU Dual Degree Scheme. Under this Scheme, students will receive 2 Degree Certificates & Transcripts upon graduation: 1 from Asia Pacific University (APU), Malaysia and 1 from De Montfort University (DMU), UK.

To know more about APU-DMU Dual Scheme, please click HERE.